Draft Capsule: QB Matt Barkley

Draft Capsule: QB Matt Barkley
March 15, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

Matt Barkley (QB), USC

6-2 | 227 lbs.

2012 Stats:

3,273 YDS, 36 TD, 15 INT, 157.6 QBR

Projection:

1st Round

Strengths:

Does a great job of reading the defense at the line of scrimmage, taking advantage of a favorable matchup he sees. Has the ability to throw accurately while running the bootleg. Very accurate passer who consistently freezes safeties while in the pocket. Has leadership qualities as evident by being a three-time team captain with the Trojans. Ran a pro-style offense at USC.

Weaknesses:

Standing only 6'2, Barkley doesn't have the ideal height you look for in an NFL quarterback. Inaccurate passer when the pocket collapses. Has little mobility and took too many sacks with the Trojans. Locks in on one receiver too much, causing his interception total to spike in 2012. Shoulder injury at the end of last season has raised some red flags with NFL scouts

Fit for the Bears:

Is Jay Cutler going to be the Bears quarterback for the long-haul? That question remains to be unanswered as Phil Emery still hasn't given No. 6 a long-term extension. The chances of that happening are far greater than the Bears selecting Barkley in the first-round. He may still be on the board at No. 20, but Chicago has way more pressing needs to fill early on in the Draft. The Bears will more than likely draft a developmental quarterback at some point on the final day of the Draft.